Father Hesburgh Blesses Newly Refurbished Great Hall in O'Shaughnessy

Author: Todd Boruff

“There are many things taught at this University, but at the heart of all of them is really liberal arts,” said Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C, at the rededication of the O’Shaughnessy Great Hall on September 4, 2014.

After extensive refurbishment, the Great Hall was formally unveiled in a ceremony led by John McGreevy, the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. In attendance were University leaders, faculty and staff of the College, as well as several members of the O’Shaughnessy family.

Father Hesburgh, president emeritus of the University, recounted the initial planning and design of O’Shaughnessy Hall in 1952, and emphasized the importance of the Great Hall in welcoming visitors to the building. The Great Hall features seven stained glass windows, each depicting one of the classic “liberal arts”—and the core of a well-rounded education.

“You have a lot of dreams when you’re president of this place, and my dream was to try to make liberal arts at the center of all living, which I think it is,” Hesburgh said, “because the liberal arts teach us how to be human, in the best intellectual and moral sense.”

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